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Additional Restrictions Support Grant

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The Additional Support Grant Scheme is now open for applications for the lockdown period from 5th January 2021.  Please ensure that you meet the scheme criteria before applying.  If your business has been legally required to close, you should apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant instead.

 

The Government has announced there would be further funding to support businesses that were not legally required to close but were severely impacted by restrictions put in place to manage Coronavirus and save lives.

The Additional Restrictions Support Grant is available to businesses that have remained open, but have seen a significant fall in demand.  The grant also supports businesses outside of the rating system that have been impacted by the Coronavirus restrictions.

Please note, this page will be updated if new information or guidance is issued by the Government or if the eligibility criteria or entitlements for the scheme changes.  The Council's Additional Restrictions Support Grant policy will be reviewed

in light of any continuing local or national restrictions in place at that time.

What support is available?

A cash grant will be made available to businesses according to their trading status, rateable value or turnover.

For businesses that pay business rates on their premises and have remained open:

  • For premises with a rateable value of £15,000 or less: £938
  • For premises with a rateable value greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000: £1,400
  • For premises with a rateable value of £51,000 or more: £2,100

For businesses that do not pay business rates and have remained open:

  • Micro businesses with an annual turnover of £50,000 or less: £938
  • SMEs with an annual turnover greater than £50,000 but less than £100,000: £1,400
  • SMEs with an annual turnover greater of £100,000 or more: £2,100

For businesses that do not pay business rates and have been forced to close:

  • Micro businesses with an annual turnover of £50,000 or less: £1,334
  • SMEs with an annual turnover greater than £50,000 but less than £100,000: £2,000
  • SMEs with an annual turnover of £100,000 or more: £3,000

During the current national lockdown, payments are made for each 28 day qualifying period of closure. 

Only one payment will be made per qualifying business.

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Who is eligible?

Your business must have been trading on or before January 4th, 2021 to be eligible for this scheme and must have suffered a loss of income due to the restrictions imposed on a local or national level.

Your business must be based in Newcastle under Lyme.

Priority will be given to the following types of businesses:

  • Businesses in the hospitality, retail, accommodation, leisure, travel and events sectors which have remained open but have been severely impacted by local or national restrictions
  • Businesses supplying the above sectors that have been severely impacted by loss of trade to those sectors
  • Businesses not on the rating list that have been forced to close (including market traders selling non-essential items and bed and breakfasts).

This list is not exhaustive but is intended to provide general guidance as to the types of business that the Council will prioritise for the scheme.  

The Council will use its discretion to determine whether particular situations not listed should be eligible for the Additional Restrictions Support Grant.

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Who is not eligible?

You will not be eligible if:

  • You pay business rates and are legally required to close (see Local Restrictions Support Grant)
  • Your business is able to continue trading and operate services effectively (such as accountants, solicitors, takeaways, manufacturers, warehouses)
  • You have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State Aid
  • Your business is in administration, insolvent, dormant or where a striking off notice has been made
  • Your business was not trading on or before January 4th, 2021.

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Who receives the grant?

The grant will be paid to the person who was registered with Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council as the ratepayer on January 4th, 2021.  

For businesses that are not in the rating system, payments will be made to the business owner (evidence of ownership will be required).

If you make an application, a grant is paid and you are subsequently found not to be the actual ratepayer or business owner (on January 4th, 2021) you will be liable for recovery of any payments made.

If the details the Council hold are incorrect, grant payments may be delayed whilst we establish who the correct ratepayer or business owner is.

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Are grants taxable?

Yes.  Grant income received by a business is taxable and the Additional Restrictions Support Grant will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business.

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How do I apply?

To apply for the Additional Restrictions Support Grant you must meet the eligibility criteria.  If your business does not meet those criteria, a grant will not be paid.

As part of your application you will need to provide evidence of:

  • Your business bank account details
    A statement which is less than three months old and clearly shows your business name (or the name of the registered ratepayer or business owner), address and account details.  We cannot accept photographs of debit cards, statements from personal savings accounts, personal accounts being used for household expenses, mini-statements from cash machines or screenshots/photographs of online banking summaries.
  • Proof that your business income has declined.
    This may include bank statements showing income in the months prior to the introduction of restrictions or accounts showing income from a comparable period in the previous year against for the same period this year.
  • Your accounts for the previous year showing your annual turnover.
    If you do not have a years worth of accounts, please provide evidence of your balance sheet for the year to date with an estimate of your annual turnover.
  • Proof that your business was trading on or before January 4th, 2021
    This may include a bank statement for your business showing income and outgoing business expenses. 
  • Proof of business ownership (if you do not pay business rates)
    This may include details of your VAT Registration, a copy of your last self-assessment tax return, companies house registration, local authority registrations (such as food premises), franchise contracts or venue/premises rental agreements.

If you pay business rates, you will also need your Business Rates Account Number as shown on your bill.  This is 8 or 9 digits long and begins with a 6.  Processing your application will take longer without this information.

Please ensure that you have all of the required information before starting your application.

>>Click Here to Apply<<

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If I'm not eligible, what other support is available?

If you business has been forced to close, you may be eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant.

More information about other government support packages is available at www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support

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Can I apply for a grant if I've already received other grant funding?

If you business has previously received a business support grant during the first national lockdown, you can still apply for this grant if you meet the eligibility criteria.

You can also apply if you have previously received funding from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

If you have already received a Local Restrictions Support grant you will not be eligible for the Additional Restrictions Support Grant at this time.

More information about other government support packages is available at www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support

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Can I speak to someone about the grants?

At the moment, the Business Support team are concentrating on preparing the various schemes and for those that have already opened, ensuring we pay businesses promptly.

The team won't be able to give you any more information about the grant schemes than what is currently on the website.  We intend to release information and open schemes for applications as quickly as possible. 

If you've applied already, we will also ensure that we keep you informed of progress.

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How are you protecting against fraud?

The Council will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud.  Any business caught falsifying their records to gain grant money will face prosecution.  Any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error.

The Council will also use anti-fraud tools when considering applications which check multiple information sources to assess the eligibility of an applicant.

Visiting Officers will also check random samples of applications for business who indicate that they have fully closed due to the Coronavirus restrictions.

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Will my data be shared?

The information you submit will be processed by Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council.  However, we will carry out checks with or provide information to:

  • The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
  • Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
  • The National Anti-Fraud Network
  • The National Investigation Service
  • The National Fraud Initiative

Unless listed above, we will not share your data with other organisations or individuals outside of the Council, unless we are required to by law.

We will provide information to HMRC because grant payments are subject to Tax. 

Data is shared with fraud agencies as part of the Council's pre and post payment checks, as required by law.

If you wish to request any changes to the way your data is used for the purposes of processing your application, including the withdrawal of consent, you can exercise your rights under GDPR by writing to the Council’s Data Protection Officer or by emailing dataprotection@newcastle-staffs.gov.uk.

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Last Updated: 21/01/2021

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